South Sudan President Dissolves Parliament
Juba, May 9 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th May, 2021 ) :South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, opening the way for lawmakers from opposing sides of the country's civil war to be appointed under a 2018 peace accord.
The setting up of a new legislative body was part of an accord signed in September 2018 between Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar, for years on opposition sides during the five-year civil war that left 380,000 people dead and four million displaced.
"It is a welcome development and we hope that the dissolution (will not) also open the way to a lengthy process towards reconstituting the parliament," Jame David Kolock, chairman of the South Sudan Civil Society Forum.
" In accordance with the 2018 accord, the new assembly will number 550 lawmakers, the majority -- 332 -- from Kiir's governing SPLM party. The parliamentarians will not be elected but nominated by the different parties.
"Of particular concern to the United States is the slow implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, ongoing violence, and deteriorating economic and humanitarian conditions," the US State Department said in a statement.
However few provisions of the truce have been honoured, and analysts have warned of a return to war.
The oil-rich country remains severely underdeveloped and poorly managed.
Despite the peace deal, brutal communal conflicts -- often over cattle raiding -- continue, with more than 1,000 killed in violence between rival communities in the last six months of 2020.